Brackish Bow Ties is the originator of the feathered bow tie and it all started out of necessity for the founders Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner. Not wanting to settle for mediocracy, Ben handcrafted a set of turkey feather bow ties for his groomsmen for his wedding in 2007. Almost 10 years later with one of his groomsman Jeff, the partners have created an empire of feathered accessories that have made a global impact. With their headquarters and production in Charleston, they employ 50 artisans and production assistants who painstakingly make each tie, cummerbund, and pin to perfection. They have since expanded their turkey feathers to an exotic ray of colors using peacock, guinea, rooster, and pheasant. Each tie is a work of sustainable art and one of a kind.
As well as online you can shop them locally at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant , Charleston Tuxedo, Grady Ervin & Co., Grand Bohemian Hotel , and Charleston Preservation Society. From humble beginnings to selling at national retailers such as Neiman Marcus and the legendary London department store Harrods, Brackish Bow Ties is ready to make men look more dapper one feather at a time.
Clothing from Worn and Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant // Tuxedos by Charleston Tuxedo // Sunglasses by See Eyewear // Hats by Goorin Brothers // “Attaché” bag by Satchel & Page $395, “Diplomat” bag by Satchel & Page $375, “Harvey” Umbrella by Concord Gentleman’s Accessories $77.50 from Henry & Eva
I’m so happy I finally made it to Harold’s Cabin, one of Charleston’s new restaurants that’s creating a niche of it’s own. Everything is so original and authentic from the menu, to the drinks, to the decor, and the concept. The former snowball shop/neighborhood grocery is part bar, part artisanal grocery, part restaurant, and part lounge. My favorite details of the space is the eclectic art by Becca Barnet who did the Jackalope mural and stuffed antlers, and the abstract expressionist paintings by Stephen Elliot Webb.
Always up for grabbing a bite and some drinks with my girls Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender and Libby Williams of Plate South, I knew I was in for a real treat. The owner John Schumacher graciously explained every dish that he and Chef Justin Pfau have created which are sourced locally and regionally. What I love about Harold’s Cabin is that the main star ingredient is vegetables. It’s a rarity to find veggie focused dishes in a place like Charleston where meat is so celebrated. They also pride themselves with growing their own herbs, greens, roots, and fruits in their rooftop garden.
I highly recommend ordering a few things and sharing them, because you don’t want to miss out on anything. The Forage Board is a no brainer and is a veggie lovers paradise with roasted sunchokes, grilled oyster mushrooms, fried local kale, and blistered okra. My other favorite was the Beets with buttermilk ricotta and pickled tomatoes. Yes Please!
I don’t drink coffee, but this drink makes me want to start. The Jackalope is a heavenly mix of espresso, ginger beer, basil, raw honey, and orange peel. A meal at Harold’s wouldn’t be complete without the Grilled Carrot Cake. Just when you tried every carrot cake out there, this one will take you for a ride. It’s for the purists who like carrots more than a sugary cake smothered with frosting.
This was my first time taking my Ellia Wang layered clutch out for a spin and I’m obsessed! Not only is it one of the most beautiful bags I’ve seen with it’s metallic blue hue in a kid skin leather, but it’s also well designed and functional. Having 3 separate compartments to hold your essentials makes it so much easier to stay organized and quicker to find everything instead of your keys getting lost in a black hole. Maris Dehart has the same one in this color and in black leather.
I love that Charleston is all about preserving a piece of history while giving it an updated spin. Click here to read about the history of the original Harold’s Cabin that 1st opened in the 1920’s. Don’t be the last one of your friends to go to Harold’s Cabin and make a plan to go for lunch, dinner or brunch!
Flouncing Florals Bell Dress $114 from Dandy Boutique // Layered clutch in metallic blue by Ellia Wang $640 from Maris Dehart // Eyeglasses from See Eyewear // Regina suede pumps in navy $139 by Corso Como from Lord & Taylor // Jewelry by Peyton William
I’m so looking forward to the Freshfields Village Sip and Stroll this Thursday from 4-7. Pretty much every store will be doing a special promotion and serving drinks and apps including Tres Carmen who will be hosting a Taxidermy event. You’ll be able to meet the designer herself, Amy Driggers and order your own custom bag, which is beyond exciting!
Dress by Free People $248, Mackie Tote Hand Painted Red/Black by Taxidermy $1,549, Sunglasses by Quay $45, Hat $35, Bracelet $90 from Tres Carmen // Camino black leather sandals by Corso Como $95.99 from 6pm
Photography by Libby Williams
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of experiencing the kick-off party to the Louisiana in the Lowcountry feast at Garden and Gun magazine. Acclaimed chefs from the bayou cooked up dishes that were featured at local Charleston restaurants for the ultimate mash up in taste. Some of my favorite haunts like 5Church, The Macintosh, and Prohibition hosted the chefs which made the perfect combination of South by South East deliciousness.
I stopped by Maris DeHart to pick up the chicest outfit to wear, because you can never go wrong with black and white. I’m obsessed with this top that’s only $84, and the pants were the most comfortable things I’ve worn in a while.
The Ellia Wang bag is one of my favorite styles from the Savannah based designer. I love that it also coverts into 2 different shapes, so you feel like you have 2 bags in one. The necklace is also by Ellia Wang, because you can never be too matchy matchy.
Photography by Libby Williams
Road trips are my favorite things to do with my family. Thanks to Toyota we got to drive in style and enjoy the latest in car technology a couple of weeks ago to Savannah. We fully enjoyed our drive in the Highlander while me and the hubby listened to every type of music on Sirius XM radio our boys watched Scooby Doo on the Blue-disc player with their cordless headphones. We started the weekend out at a T.E.A.L. (Tell Every Amazing Lady) Ovarian Cancer event that Toyota sponsored. The organization promotes awareness, education, research, and fundraising for Ovarian Cancer research. To support their efforts me and my boys participated in the walk at Lake Mayer Park in Savannah.
Coming to Savannah is the easiest road trip you can take from Charleston. Only an hour and a half away, the time flies, and it’s so nice to experience another southern city that has a totally different vibe.
I can go on and on how much I love this car because it really is perfect for the family. Some of my favorite features were the Conversation Mirror (where I could keep an eye out on Mateo and Sebastian), the endless compartments to store all my sunglasses and goodies, the backup camera, seat cooling system, panoramic moonroof, and my all time favorite – power liftgate. As a blogger and stylist I’m constantly lugging around shopping bags and garment bags and it’s a luxury to just press a button and the hatchback automatically opens. After driving the Highlander I know I need a serious upgrade next time I purchase a new car.
This is me doing my best throwback to Toyota’s “Oh What a Feeling” commercials from the 80’s.
T-shirt by Brokedown $68 and jeans by Just Black $81 from 7 Gypsy // “Amador” sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95, Clutch/Crossbody Fringe bag by Canoe $245, Refined Leather cuff bracelet and sentiment by Lenny & Eva $45 from Henry & Eva // Open Cuff $295, Ball drop earrings $150, Princess cut emerald rings $1,250 each, Textured band 14k $425, and earrings all by Christina Jervey // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199 // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Mackie Tote in natural $1549 from Taxidermy
Photography by Clifford Pate
Last March I discovered an incredibly talented accessory designer Ellia Wang, thanks to our mutual friend Daniel Velasco. Ellia who is based out of Savannah, and an alum of SCAD, creates the most beautifully designed and handmade modern handbags and jewelry. Each bag has it’s own personality, whether it’s a geometric futuristic bag or a nature inspired mineral printed clutch, each is one of a kind. She recently launched a philanthropic program called Share Your Dream with her co-founder and fashion marketing agent Elva Jiang of ELVAINE. It supports The First Tee of Savannah, which is an organization that develops children’s personal potential, and optimize their health and enjoyment of life through golf. The programs goals are to heighten children’s imagination about their future, and laying the foundation for their success.
At each Share Your Dream workshop, paper and crayons are provided for kids to draw out their dreams. After the workshop, drawings get printed onto Ellia Wang’s Sharp Wristlet design and then displayed in store for purchase. Each sold wristlet provides enough scholarship for one kid to enroll in a season of The First Tee program. I’m so excited that my son Mateo’s art was used on one of Ellia’s bags! I scanned one of my favorite paintings of Mateo’s and sent it to Ellia to use on a bag. She printed the image on suede and constructed this beautiful bag in a week! I couldn’t be anymore proud than to carry an original work of art from Mateo on a bag that means so much.
I was so happy that I could carry this bag while wearing this Synergy dress from Be the Change Boutique. The Synergy brand gives back to the global community by working with non profit groups in Nepal focused on providing financial empowerment to women and education for children to help build a healthy future for those people and generations to come. Shopping at Be The Change has really opened up my eyes to so many brands that give back to countless local and global charities.
Synergy Raven Dress in Black $117, Ring with crystal stone by The Shine Project $37.99 from Be the Change Boutique // Bag by Ellia Wang //Coral Cuff $375, Princess cut emerald rings $1,250 each, Textured band 14k $425, and earrings all by Christina Jervey // Salinda pointy toe pumps $49.99 from Nine West // Headspace sunlgasses by Dot Dash Shades $30 from Amazon
Photography by Clifford Pate
Pink duster by Mink Pink $114 from House of Sage // Jumpsuit by Dolce Vita $249 from 7 Gypsy // Apollo sunglasses by Nectar $32 from Amazon // Martini sandals by Phillip Lim from Hampden Clothing // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199 // Beaded bracelets $25 each by Lenny and Eva from Henry & Eva // Necklace by Hermosa Jewelry // Signet ring 14k gold plate $175 and 14k emerald cut kyanite ring $750 by Christina Jervey // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman
Photography by Clifford Pate
A few weeks I had the pleasure of taking over Lilla P’s Instagram and took a mini tour of some of my favorite spots downtown. I love stopping by The Southern to see what awesome exhibition they are showing. Owners and curators Erin & Justin Nathanson opened up their contemporary art gallery last year and have had one hit show after another featuring southern artists. Last month they show featuring southern weavers including Asheville based artist Judith Just, and Charleston based artists Camela Guevara, and Kristy Bishop.
The next stop was Leon’s Oyster Shop for some southern fried goodness. If you love fried seafood and oysters prepared every which way then this is your spot. Nothing beats eating outside and finishing it off with one of their soft serve ice cream cones on tap.
Stretch jersey short sleeve v-neck dress $154 from Lilla P // “Louisa” bag by Liebskind Berlin $119.99 from 6pm // “Amador” sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Requin Tooth necklace $230 and Mo’orea Drop earrings $172 from Kate Davis Jewelry // Horn bar double kizimba cuff $102 and Oval ring by Soko $54 from Be the Change Boutique // Sneakers by Vince from Shoes on King
Photography by Clifford Pate
The Dandy Boutique look book is always a fun way to get your retro on. Set at the beautiful Spectator hotel, we had the perfect backdrop to shoot in and a neighborhood full of character. Peruse all the fall vintage inspired styles at Dandy Boutique and shop their looks online or in store.
Chelsea wears: Denim midi $52, Over the knee fox socks $18, Orange Cat Purse: $42, Orange Tie Blouse $48, Radiate Loafer: $80, Gold Tassel Earrings by The Tiny Tassel: $18, Brown watch $18, Vintage Purse $75, Retro frames $16, Felt Hat w/tie $83
Molly wears: Gloria’s Grandy Blouse $60, Plaid Buckle Skirt $78, Puppy Purse $38, Retro Frame Glasses $16, Black Buckle Boot $90
Molly wears: Feather Jacket: $138, Fit & Flare Black Dress $78, Pink Jewel Earrings $26, Lacey Heels $72
Chelsea wears: Bright lights Dress $98, Burgundy Cross body bag $40, Charcoal Jewel Studs $24, Retro Glasses $16, Felt Hat w/ tie $83, Metallic Loafers $70, Burgundy socks $7
Molly wears: Art Deco Dress $106, Watch Necklace $26, Polka Dot Socks $11, Retro Frame Glasses $16, Blue Doctors Satchel $52, Burgundy Floppy Hat $75
Chelsea wears: Gray Trousers $78, Puppy Purse $38, Cat watch: $18, Braided wide brim hat $78, Black/white print blouse $42, Retro frames $16, Black Buckle Boots $90, Jewel Stud earrings $24.00
Molly wears: Abigail Perfume Dress $98, Polka Dot Hose $16, Red Lola Heels $74, Green Bow Satchel Purse $50, Cat Watch $18, Faux Glasses $18, Gold Tassel Earrings by The Tiny Tassel $18
Hunter Green Dress $69, Plaid Coat $170, Polka Dot Socks: $11, Smolder Heels $80, Blue Doctors Satchel $52, Round Retro Frames $18, Felt Hat w/ tie $83, Jewel Stud Earrings $24
Photography by Jonathan Balliet, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup by Rebekah Ellie, Hairstylist – Mac Does Hair, Models – Chelsea Rampersant and Molly Rhyne, on location at The Spectator, all clothing and accessories from Dandy Boutique, Graphics by Daniel Velasaco
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I love that Charleston is immersed with talent and savvy business women. Gabrielle Egan, the owner of Peyton William is one of them and she’s making major moves in Charleston and beyond. The jewelry designer who has a store on King Street and another location in Kiawah at Freshfields Village is now in the process of opening up her 3rd location in Vero Beach, FL.
She named her brand after her 2 grandmothers and loves giving a modern and elegant twist on traditional design. Incorporating natural gemstones, pearls, wood, leather and a mixture of metals, her bold jewelry always makes a statement. With a studio in the back of each store, you can always find Gabrielle busy working on another beautiful creation. She also works with clients on customizing a new design or repurposing family heirlooms.
I love that you can find everything at her store – from decadent topaz encrusted jewels and statement cocktail rings, to chunky necklaces, to modern geometric stud earrings. There is really something for everyone at Peyton William. And if you can’t get to one of her fabulous stores you can always shop online here!
Black ruffle and bow popover by Le Sarte Pettegole $239 from Shirtini // Jeans by Dear Creatures $88 and shoes by BC Footwear at Dandy Boutique // “Sonya” light blue sapphire and white topaz earrings $395, left ring is “Rhett” rutilated quartz with onyx $195, and right ring is “Lillian” iridescent labradorite with white topaz $240 by Peyton William // Layered clutch in metallic blue by Ellia Wang $640 from Maris Dehart
Charleston native Haley Keisler has been making jewelry pretty much all her life. With an inherited collection of vintage jewelry she started by repurposing the pieces into new designs and Hermosa Jewelry was born. Growing up in the Lowcountry has inspired her to create her jewelry with locally found oyster shells and organic materials as well as semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and colorful crystals.
A regular on the pop up shop scene, Haley knows how to hustle her hand-crafted jewels. Her regular residency in the Retail Village at The Volvo Cup has given her tennis celebrity status with some of the well known players scooping up her jewels. Along with her online store, she has a thriving wholesale business selling at local boutiques such as The Preservation Society of Charleston and Stox and Co, and numerous stores in Colorado, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia. You can even pop into her Mt. Pleasant studio to customize your own design with Haley. This has been a huge hit in the wedding scene for both brides and bridesmaids gifts.
I’m excited to show off her designs on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am. Tune into “Fashion Friday” to see both her bold designs and dainty pieces that are perfect for layering.
Blouse by Persue $68 from Tres Carmen // Cropped pants similar to these by Tibi $395 from Net-A-Porter // T-Strap pump by Charles David $248.95 from Nordstrom // Duffle bag $39.99 from Nine West // Rosalie Earrings $38, Ursula Cuff $60, Ladonna Necklace $50 by Hermosa Jewelry // Snake ring $128 and band $78 by Melinda Marie from Henry & Eva // Starling sunglasses by Dot Dash $22.50 from Amazon
Photography by Clifford Pate
Charleston’s jewelry designing scene is exploding, but there are a few veterans that are well known in their industry. Christina Jervey is one of the leaders in the local scene that has been making her jewelry for several years now. Her textured, organic wearable works of art are inspired by nature and are one of a kind. Using sterling silver and 14k gold her jewelry spans from the daintiest diamond ring to thick bold cuffs.
Other than her online shop you can find her designs at Maris DeHart, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place, Gwynn’s, and The Resort Shop. She also recently opened up her studio downtown at 58 Broad on the second floor where you can peruse her collection and watch her do her metal smithing. Christina Jervey’s talent is recognized beyond Charleston and has been featured in national publications such as Southern Living, Garden and Gun, InStyle, Lucky, and Redbook.
Christina Jervey has been focusing on her custom pieces and fine jewelry. Whether she is creating a wedding ring or repurposing a family heirloom, Christina delivers a unique and modern twist to traditional design.
Tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am to see more of Christina Jervey’s jewelry and hear about her story. This Fashion Friday is all about local jewelry designers so you don’t want to miss out!
Top by Gracia $76 from Tres Carmen // Cropped pants by Style & Co. $29.99 from Macy’s // Salinda pointy toe pumps $49.99 from Nine West // Sparkle Power Sunglasses by Dot Dash $28.80 from Amazon // Fish leather clutch by Erika Lynn $300 from Henry & Eva // Wave Hoop Earrings $175, Open Cuff $295, Granulated Cuff $495, Coral Cuff $375, Diamond 6 prong ring setting starts at $2,200, Love Knot 14k ring $195, Textured band 14k $425, Diamond Eternity ring 14k gold $2,100, and Signet ring 14k gold plate $175 all by Christina Jervey
A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of touring the new Dewberry Hotel with Skirt! Mag. It was so much fun meeting with some of my favorite girls – Holly McGetrick of Dandy Boutique, Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender, Libby Williams of Plate South, and Jenny Dennis the publisher of Skirt! Mag. Located on Meeting Street across Marion Square, the former federal building that sat vacant for many years is now transformed into a mid-century modern luxury hotel.
We met Mr. John Dewberry himself, who went in great detail how is love for modern architecture and preservation of southern influences were important elements to the design of the hotel. After the tour we sampled the menu at their retro French inspired brasserie, Henrietta’s. The traditional dishes with a contemporary twist hit the spot, and the presentation and service was on point!
Mr. Dewberry commissioned WORSTEAD to design the interiors, lighting and furniture throughout the hotel. The New York–Charleston based company also incorporated some vintage furniture to keep the look authentic. Some of the original elements of the building such as the marble walls and floors were maintained, melding perfectly with the new design. Original art work by one of the South Carolina’s most prolific modern artists, William Halsey, can be seen throughout the lobby and bar area.
There is even a place to shop at The Fieldshop, which carries a curated selection of goods by Garden and Gun Magazine. Croghan’s Jewel Box also has their fine jewelry and Goldbugs on display in a beautiful vitrine as you walk towards the lounge area. The Charleston Weekender, aka Liz Martin, and I can’t pass up a good photo op, especially when it’s in front of the coolest maps of Charleston.
As Charleston keeps on making it to the Top 10 list of places to live and visit on planet Earth, we have raised the bar on stylish accommodations in the South. Whether your looking for a staycation that makes you feel like you’ve totally escaped to another world, or your just looking for a chic place to grab a drink and eat, you have to check out The Dewberry!
Wearing a stretch knit jacuard sheath dress by Leo & Sage $395 // 14k pearl marquis hoop earrings $575, 18k diamond cluster ring by Singlestone $13,500, Reto Goldbug link bracelet $350, 14k .03ct diamond tahition pearl cuff $1,370, gold plated topaz Niko ring by Elizabeth & James $150 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Louis Vuitton handbag and Chanel booties from The Trunk Show // Sunglasses from See Eyewear // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199
Fiona maxi dress by On the Road $106 from House of Sage // Bralette by COsabella $52 fromBits of Lace // Suede booties by Jeffrey Campbell $180 from Shoes on King // Hat by San Diego Hat Company $96.25 // Madison ring $295, Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395, Rachel beaded chain necklace $155, and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman
Kiawah is pretty hopping these days thanks to Freshfields Village. The shopping and dining destination is also a venue for fun outdoor events such as car shows, movies, live music, and a Sip and Stroll that is happening every 3rd Thursday in October, November, and December.
It seems like a new shop is opening every other month and Freshfield’s newest additions are a perfect compliment to their existing boutiques. Women’s clothing boutiques like Tres Carmen, Scout & Molly’s, Dolittle’s for the pets, and preppy purveyor Vineyard Vines for the whole family are the new stores that are giving people more of a reason to drive out to Kiawah to shop.
Some of the other boutiques like J. McLaughlin are established brands that have stores across the U.S. I love this navy dress that I’m wearing from there, it’s the perfect summer to fall piece that I can layer when the temps cool off. The jewelry is by Peyton William, a jewelry store by designer Gabrielle Egan who opened her Kiawah outpost a couple of years ago to expand her downtown reach. The shoes and bag are from Holly & Brooks, an accessory shop that always has something for everyone.
A trip out to Freshfields Village wouldn’t be complete without a meal at La Tela Pizzeria. This place is worth the drive just to come out to eat there. Their home made pastas and mouthwatering pizzas are some artisanal goodness that can’t be duplicated. Being located on Kiawah, they source their vegetables right from local John’s Island farmers for the freshest ingredients you can get. And the service is always top notch!
My go to dishes are the Warm Butternut Squash Salad and the Eggplant Pizza, which is beyond when you top it with the homemade tomato sauce. This time around I had to try the mussels with the pesto alfredo sauce that was made to dip bread in.
So if your looking to escape the hustle and bustle, Freshfields Village is your answer. Spend the day or just a few hours to get your food and shop on!
Robin Dress by J. McLaughlin $225, Olenna taupe shoes by Andre Assous $219 and Regan satchel tote by Rebecca Minkoff $325 from Holly & Brooks, Victoria Chain Collection 36″ Vermeil $195, Branch Cuff Vermeil (cast) $150, Chasity Ring Chalcedony set in Vermeil 26cts $795, Vivianne Stacking Rings set of 3 in Vermeil $150, Cassidy Statement Earring features Chalcedony, Tourmaline and Rose Chalcedony set in Vermeil $350 all from Freshfields Village
Photography by Libby Williams
If you’ve seen me lately you’ve probably heard me talk about taking barre classes and how obsessed I am with them. I just started a couple of weeks ago at Barre Evolution, and it’s changed my life. I’ve done everything from kickboxing, to spinning, to body pump, to pilates, to yoga; and thankfully to all that experience in the gym, it’s given me a better appreciation of barre. What’s so different about barre than any other workout is less is more. By just using your core and tiny movements you can target certain areas of your body to firm, shape, and strengthen.
The origins of barre come from ballet, but you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to get the hang of it. If you’ve done pilates or yoga the learning curve is a little easier. With focus on core strength and lots of plank poses, you’ll be feeling the burn in no time. The tiny one inch movements are just what you need for your body to get a good work out without lifting heavy weights.
The owners Nancy and Nicole opened up their 1st studio 6 years ago and they now have 4 studios between West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, and Greenville. The awesome thing about Barre Evolution is that they’re all about supporting their local community. They have a BE Local Love program where they encourage donations and promote awareness for their nonprofit of the month. They’ve worked with local charities like The Center for Women, Charleston Parks Conservatory, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Dee Norton Children’s Center, and Pethelpers to name a few.
So far I’ve loved every class and instructor I’ve had and I can’t wait to experience their outdoor pop-up classes that take have taken place in Shem Creek, the beach, and hopefully a SUP boarding one in the works. Another part that I love about coming to class is that I end up shopping their sweet selection of athleisure wear. They have some the coolest leggings I’ve seen in a while, and now I’m proud to wear my outfit out post workout.
For me working out is not to necessarily lose weight, but to firm, tone, and strengthen. Above all having one hour to myself in my hectic schedule is priceless and that’s why working out is so important to me. Being self-employed it’s so easy to start working as soon as I wake up until after my kids go to sleep, and in that hour I can totally disconnect from technology or any stress in my life. So whether your a fellow entrepreneur or your punching that clock, take a moment for you. Do yourself a favor and try Barre Evolution to get your fitness on and tell them the Curator sent you!
Photography by Libby Williams
I’m so excited to partner up with Lilla P over the weekend for an Instagram takeover! Follow me here to see some of my favorite spots in Charleston. The owner Pauline Nakios of Lilla P is a Charleston native so I thought it would be great to introduce the new Charleston that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors. Her clothing line is sold to more than a few shops around town, but people are still surprised to find out that it’s designed by a local. I could totally live in Lilla P all day because it’s comfortable, effortless, and chic all at the same time.
The first stop was at Zero George, the quaint but luxury boutique hotel where you can experience that quintessential Charleston vibe. Tucked away on George Street near East Bay, the historic cluster of houses have posh rooms that make you feel like you’ve totally escaped from the hustle and bustle. They also have these cute bikes for their guests, which are the best way to tour the city. If your a foodie, then the Zero George Cafe and Bar is on the top of my list for a culinary experience that’s always top notch. Chef Vinson Petrillo also offers cooking classes if you want to take that experience home. They also offer other unique experiences such as photography lessons, sunset harbor excursions, and even a curated shopping tour with me! That’s right, I take the guests to some of my favorite local shops that are sometimes off the beaten path. What better way to experience a city than to shop like a local.
So follow along to see where I take you next on the #LillaPLocal takeover!
Shirting Easy Dolman Blouse by Lilla P $164 // Jeans by Just Black Denim $62 from 7 Gypsy // Fedora hat by San Diego Hat Company $26 from Zappos // Puma by Rihanna Creeper in Camo $140 from Sneaker // Rae earrings by Half United $35 from Be the Change Boutique // Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395 and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman
There’s nothing like a foodie adventure especially when you have to travel a little bit to get there. A couple of weeks ago I headed to The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island with my girl Libby of Plate South. This place is not your typical beach fare with fried seafood and french fries (not that I don’t love that too), it’s got that farm to table freshness with a rustic twist.
Everything is sustainable, eco-friendly, and so thoughtful at The Obstinate Daughter – from the decor, food, and their daily practices, no detail is overlooked. The light fixtures are made of recycled cardboard and the wood siding on the walls were salvaged from barns in North Carolina. The vegetables are always in season because they are sourced from local farms and they compost everything, leaving no food waste behind. To top it all off they are one of the only few certified green restaurants in South Carolina.
My all time favorite starter is the Obstinate Flatbread with olive oil, Bulls Bay sea salt, and butterbean puree. It’s for sharing, but I could eat this all up by myself! My favorite salad is the Roasted Beets on house made ricotta with pistachios, microgreens and horseradish pomegranate molasses. This is a beet lovers dream. I can’t forget to mention that their cocktails are on tap, so you can keep those drinks flowing.
The best thing about my outfit is that most of what I’m wearing is also sustainable and eco-friendly too. This has got to be one of my favorite clothing pieces to date thanks to Plante Clothing. The sister design duo Leah and Becky Plante are Charleston natives who now design and manufacture their clothing in Brooklyn, NY. These Charleston Fashion Week alums are nature enthusiasts which you can clearly see in their prints and designs. They reduce their waste by avoiding over cuts, and they even donate their extra material to educational nonprofits.
This watch is by Berg and Betts and they use designer scrap leather to produce their high quality straps for their chic watches. The bag is by local designer HR Deneau and she uses scrap wood and leather for her one of a kind modern-day luxe bags. Both can be found at Charleston’s new local shop Maris Dehart. The rings from Gold Creations are so gorgeous I just had to stack them. They have the best cocktail rings in town!
This necklace is by Penh Lenh, a Cambodian based company that reinvests 100% of their sales back to their social mission. Each piece of jewelry is made by at-risk women and they are empowered through education and employment. I discovered them at Be the Change Boutique where every brand they they carry donates to charity. How cool is that?! View more to see more yummy dishes and outfit details.
“Breeze top” $246 and “Heather Jogger pant” $348 by Plante Clothing // “Rosay” sunglasses $39.99 by Nectar // Ombre tassel necklace by Penh Lenh $96 from Be The Change Boutique // “Drew” crossbody bag $380 by HR Deneau and Berg + Betts watch $128 from Maris Dehart // 14K Yellow Gold Woven Link Bracelet $1,445, 18K Rose Gold 2.2ct Smokey Quartz over Mother of Pearl and 3.96ct Citrine over Mother of Pearl $3,000, 14K Rose Gold Twisted Rope Band $350, 14K Rose Gold Hammered Band $260, 14K Rose Gold Ridged Band $195, 18K Yellow Gold 10.3ct White Topaz over Mother of Pearl set with 0.18cttw Diamonds $2,500, 14K Yellow Gold Earthquake Bolt Earrings $210 all from Gold Creations // Shoes by Phillip Lim from Hampden Clothing
Photography by Libby Williams
Dress by ASTR $120 from 7 Gypsy // Hat $104.50 by San Diego Hat Company // Myer suede booties by Corso Como $159 from Zappos // Madison ring $295, Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395, Rachel beaded chain necklace $155, To the Moon necklace with sapphires $125 and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman
Lace Bodysuit by Cosabella $99, Lace/Cotton Bralette by B.Up $50 from Bits of Lace // Logan Vest $348 by Three Dots // Pants by Emily and Fin $75 from Dandy Boutique // Blue Hydro Corundum set with .45cttw Blue Topaz and .38cttw Diamonds in 14K White Gold ring $2,400 from Gold Creations // Micro Mackie Tote Purple $995.00 by Taxidermy, Paula hammered cuffs $225 and $250 by Ash Hoffman, Chloe wide band $395, Maria diamond ring $175, and Shatki beaded necklace $120 all by Ash Hoffman, and Berg + Betts watch $128 from Maris Dehart // Starling sunglasses by Dot Dash $22.50 from Amazon // Audrey Sandal by Sam Edelman $54.99 at 6pm
Photography by Libby Williams